The third year in a row Hasbro comes with an essentially new design of its most important board game, but there is every ground for that because Monopoly now celebrates its 75th anniversary. It is striking that the presentation of this game in the world has been spreaded over the year. Maybe that makes sense to allow the large countries, like America, England, Germany and France, to be delivered first.
Unlike the introduction of the World edition in 2008, when the whole world was involved, this time only residents from 10 countries could participate in this celebration. Under the slogan "Monopoly Money makes it Real", they were given the opportunity to write a short story of 75 words on how they were going to spend the prize, the size of the total amount of money in a (old) Monopoly game, ie 20580 (€ or $ or £) for a period of 75 days.
The 75 stories with the most votes were nominated for an award. A jury of experts and charities-specific sponsors finally decided who got the prize and who got one of 75 finalists prices.
It only took 75 years or so, but someone finally got around to doing a first-rate redesign of the classic Monopoly board. Monopoly Revolution eschews the game's traditional square surface for a modern circular board, while retaining all the fun gameplay of the original. New features include updated "here and now" pricing, an electronic game pod that keeps track of players' money — via electronic banking cards — and also provides sound effects and song clips that correspond with events in the game.
This is a remarkably white game: not only both parts of the box are white, but the customized plastic Banker's tray and the playside of the round board as well. Is it a coincidence the first board of the so-called inventor, Charles B. Darrow was painted on a large, round tablecloth while more than 75 years later again a round game board appears, but a lot smaller and in a circulation of various millions. A Darrow round board can be seen here.
This beautiful version is again a clear progress compared to the City edition having its centre field full of rickety tower blocks!
Note: Based on the first 4 numbers of the refence number of an edition we, collectors, can follow the order of issue. (The last 3 digits after the reference number is the country number given by Hasbro.)
Only during the examination of the different versions of Revolution it appeared that, since more than a year, the
plants in East Longmeadow, USA and Waterford, Ireland are putting almost invisible (in white) production numbers on one of the rims of the lid, before the shrink wrap around the box is applied.<
From that it can be deciphered at what moment a set was manufactured. It is therefore interesting, because in addition to the date of design of the game, i.e. the first 4 digits of the reference, the manufacturing date of the set can be known.
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For the different editions around the world, then visit the Editions page.